All-rounder Adam Hollioake has joined Essex to play in this year’s Twenty20 Cup.
The 35-year-old former Surrey player will represent the Essex Eagles during the 20-over tournament that begins on Friday.
Hollioake has signed on a short-term contract that will last for the duration of the competition.
With three of Essex’s home Twenty20 Cup fixtures already sold out the remaining tickets left for the clash with Hollioake’s former side Surrey at The Ford County Ground on Thursday June 28 are certain to be snapped up.
On joining Essex Hollioake told the Essex CCC website (www.essexcricket.org.uk):
“I love playing Twenty20 cricket and this fits in very nicely because, with my business commitments, it’s impossible to commit to the training required to play all year round. With the Twenty20 Cup schedule fitting into the school holidays and this being the best time of year in England this was an offer too good to refuse.
“I’ve signed for the duration of Essex’s Twenty20 Cup participation and I won’t be playing beyond that period. I’m now looking forward to getting the red gear on and seeing how I’ll do.”
Meanwhile, Essex Chief Executive David East told the Essex CCC website:
“It is great news for the Club that Adam Hollioake has agreed to join us for the Twenty20 tournament. There is no question he is a very fine player who will add enormous value to our side for this fantastic competition.”
Hollioake, who played four Test matches and 35 one-day internationals for England, proved himself a master of Twenty20 cricket during its first two years before retiring from the game at the end of the 2004 season.
The Australian-born cricketer averaged 28.55 at a strike-rate of 147.70 with the bat while his efforts with the ball were even more impressive, claiming 36 victims in 14 matches with a strike-rate of a wicket every 8.36 balls.
Hollioake captained Surrey to the Twenty20 Cup in its inaugural year before leading his team to the final again in 2004, where they lost to Leicestershire Foxes.
He is in line to make his Essex Eagles debut in Friday night’s tournament opener against Sussex Sharks at The Ford County Ground.